Trying to start the year off right? Here are a few recommendations to make your 2020 a little better than 2019. Living in a highly technologically advanced world has made a lot of things that much easier, however, it has also led to the development of unhealthy habits. We have become bombarded with access and shortcuts- only an app away from more convenient shopping, traveling, and completing daily tasks. According to Variety Magazine, the average smartphone user checks their phone at least 52 times a day and has an average of 30 apps on their phone; this accounts for over three hours of daily phone usage. So how do we reduce our screen time? By deleting apps that….
MAKE YOU DEPRESSED
Michael Grothaus recommends deleting any apps that cause unwanted feelings and emotions. Ever open an app and get depressed after? Social media is one of the largest platforms that lead to low self-esteem and overall feeling of unhappiness. Why? Because we constantly compare ourselves to fiction on the internet. People portraying their best sides with a few edits and filters, not reality. We know it’s fake, yet we still fall for it.
DON’T PROTECT YOUR PRIVACY
A widely known issue that has become increasingly threatening, is the lack of privacy protection. We often fail to take the time to read through each application’s terms but rather skip through without actually reading through the contract we’re agreeing to. We expect our privacy to be respected and protected. Although many companies are working towards fixing these issues and embedding user privacy protection into their business models, there are still a few widely used apps that do not protect their user’s privacy, such as Facebook Messenger and Google Chrome’s web browser app. Both of which collect large amounts of personal data and sell the information for their own personal advantage.
MAKE YOU SPEND MONEY
Although many apps we download are free of charge, they often lure us into impulse purchases or unconsciously spending. Apps like these include some of our favorite stores such as Target, Amazon, Urban Outfitters, eBay, etc. In the same category we find our younger generations also unconsciously spending money on games with in-app purchases- whether for earning more coins or increase points, these in-app purchases can range from $0.99 to $99.99. These apps are designed to market towards your children/younger generations into impulse purchases with games they have become addicted to. Some examples include Candy Crush Jelly Saga, Pokemon Go, Fortnight, etc.
MAKE YOU WORK 24/7
Work apps on our phone such as Google Sheets, Google Docs, Slack, and Microsoft, all created to make our work more accessible have been the cause of increased phone usage. Although apps like these can make us more productive, it can also make it significantly more challenging to take a break and ‘turn off’ for a moment to enjoy the rest of your day.